Nursing Assistant I-BEST

In just one quarter, this program prepares you for entry-level positions in a variety of healthcare settings.

You’ll learn medical terminology, body systems, basic nursing skills, measuring vital signs, personal care skills, safety and emergency procedures, infection control procedures, communication skills and patient rights.

What do Nursing Assistants do?

As a Nursing Assistant, under the direction of nursing staff, you’ll perform duties in a health or nursing facility such as the following:

  • Monitoring of health status
  • Personal care (including feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting)
  • Assisting with moving of patients
  • Other health-related tasks

What career opportunities are available with a Nursing Assistant certification?

Nursing Assistants work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, retirement or assisted living facilities, adult family homes, and in-home health care. Find current wage information at Career Bridge or Career Coach -

What are the requirements?

To be eligible to enroll through I-BEST, you’ll need to meet one of the following requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in Basic Studies at English level ESL 81A, ESL 81B or ABE 4
  • Currently enrolled in Basic Studies with CASAS Reading and Listening CASAS scores at 227-256 and CASAS Math at 215-256
  • English Placement of English 98 or ESL 98/99, OR
  • Math placement or level in Basic Studies

When can I start?

This program is offered in Summer Quarter only.

How long is the program?

One Quarter: The quarter includes lecture, lab class, and a 40 hour practicum. Classes are held during the day.

Quarter Courses Credits
Summer AHE 111 Nursing Assistant  12
  AHE 126: Essential Skills for Healthcare (CPR/First Aid) 2
  ABE 49 / ESL 59: I-BEST support class  

After successful completion of the Nursing Assistant course, you are eligible to take the exams for certification/licensing in Washington State.

Can I continue to study after completing the program?

Students have many options to continue studying. Nursing Assistant Certification is one of the entry requirements for students who plan to continue toward a Nursing degree. The classes will apply toward Seattle Central's Allied Health AAS-T degree, and students could also choose to pursue other careers in healthcare.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about Nursing Assistant I-BEST?

Visit the BTS Transitions Center